Recording $0 income on FAFSA?

Asking this for my friend. Friend’s mother did not work or file taxes in 2020, so she’s recording her mother’s income as $0. Her parents are separated and she lives with her mom now. Is it ok to have just this info on the FAFSA? I expect she’ll just get an EFC 0 and then it’ll change for future years now that her mother is working (currently, 2021)

If she didn’t make any money, then your friend enters 0. If she received federal benefits such as TANF, she will check that box.

Users can ask questions about themselves and their dependants. For many reasons, not least of which is privacy, all others must ask their own questions. Your friend is welcome to make an account to ask.